H. L. Siddons, Jr.
Mr. Siddons has made the following
remarkable forecasts that have come true or will come true:
- 1979 - By the year 2000 many computers will be the size of
today's calculators but have the capabilities of more recent computers of the day.
(1996-2000 PalmPilot, Windows CE devices/palmtops)
- 1987 - CD-ROM will become a common peripheral of the PC
within five years (1992). (Actual occurrance:1994).
1987 - The Year 2000 problem will created a new business
opportunity for new companies and firms to make millions. (Actual
occurrance:1995-2000 a 600
billion dollar industry).
1989: AT&T enters the
Cable Television business by 2000 (Actual occurrence 1999-2000)
2006 - SBC merges with AT&T and is back in the cable TV business
- 1989 - A public national wide area network of computers will
emerge within five years (mid 1990's) (Actual occurrance:1994 a.k.a. the
1989 - HDTV or DTV will begin to replace analog television
by the year 2000. (Actual occurrence: 2000-2006)
1989: Computers, TV and the
phone will merge (convergence: begins 1990-2000+, becomes reality
1989: Windows will replace
DOS on PC's in the 1990s (Actual occurrence: 1994)
- 1990 - The Communications Act legislation that is being
suggested that will break the barriers between the long distance, local and cable
television systems will provoke a confusing battle of company alliances, buyouts as well
as create new companies and products. (Actual occurrance:1996-2001).
- 1994 - The World Wide Web will have profound implications in
the computer world as businesses begin to provide information and commerce. (Actual
- 1997 - DVD will replace VCR and laserdisk as the preferred
movie medium once the DVDRAM becomes established within five years (2002). DVD for
computers will replace the CD-ROM common peripheral within three years (2000).
First consumer DVD recorders came out in 2002 as predicted. High
Def DVD and Blue Ray appeared in 2006.
- 1997 - DIVX will fail (1999)
- 1999 - Microsoft will not be split-up
despite the rulings. However the company will spin off lines of
business to focus on the future.
Since 1970, and perhaps much earlier, Mr. Siddons has
studied technology and the future as a both a laymen and a professional with unbridled
passion. Having been a long time closeted visionary and technophile, he has decided
to finally "come out".
Mr. Siddons has over twenty years work experience in the computer industry spanning
several companies including Ernst & Young and AT&T,
where he has made contributions in cutting edge information based technologies. His
expertise, knowledge and acumen have been sought out by those within and outside of those
organizations. His insight, intuition and in some cases, uncanny prognostications have
earned him an interesting, if not dubious, somewhat presumptuous reputation bordering on
almost psychical abilities.
A veritable one-man think tank and lay futurist, Mr. Siddons attributes this to his intense research
skills, his deep understanding of consumer demand and tastes, notwithstanding his delving
into the multifaceted impact of new technological products and services upon the human
Mr. Siddons is the quintessential lay consumer and computer
technology and services researcher and consultant.
Mr. Siddons, born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Denver,
Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia but has resided most of his life in Orlando, Florida. He
attended the University of Central Florida studying computer science in the early 1980's.
Besides his predilection with the future, he is an avid reader, music and movie buff...
In 1986 he started Conceptual Resources, Inc, a computer
consulting firm specializing in microcomputer based database management systems in dBase,
Clipper and later Microsoft Access.
In 1995 he first published the Graphic City Guides on the World Wide Web which
now garner more than 100,000 hits per year. In 1996 he designed the Intranet Tax Web for
AT&T. He is now converting Tax applications from MS-Access to
Microsoft's .NET for AT&T's intranet.
Research and The Future Chronicles are the brainchild of H.
L. Siddons, Jr.
FutureCast Research, established in 1996, is as a multifaceted evolutionary information
broker, research and development, organization.